Head Start of Beaver County, a program of the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Inc. (PIC), will be taking applications for our locations throughout Beaver County for the 2017-2018 program year, beginning in March. A Head Start Day will be held on March 16, 2017 at our Beaver Valley Mall location from 10 am to 6 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet teachers, tour a sample classroom, ask questions, and fill out an application. Local agencies will attend also to provide information on additional resources. Information about this event can also be found on the program’s Facebook page.
Head Start of Beaver County provides comprehensive early childhood education services to low-income families with children from age three to age five, including inclusive services to children with disabilities and other special needs.
The Head Start programis provided at no cost to the parent. It prepares preschoolers to make the transition into kindergarten. Children learn to get along well with other children; explore and learn through play; and learn about numbers, letters, words, and many other things.
Head Start services are offered through both classroom- and home-based options. Through home-based programming, instructors visit families in their homes weekly to work on children’s learning goals. They also help parents find ways to meet family needs through community resources and services.
Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), children are served healthy and nutritious meals and snacks while attending Head Start classrooms and home-based socials. Parents may participate in program planning and decision-making and volunteer in the classroom to learn more about how to help children learn and develop.
Research has consistently shown that children who enter school ready to learn succeed academically later in life. To complete an application for Head Start, pleasecall the office at 724-728-2110 or visit the website at www.privateindustrycouncil.com.